The schools will streamline education programs to help meet needs of local employers.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State University, Choffin Career and Technical Center and the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center have received a $25,000 grant to boost the skills of local workers.
The grant from the Ohio Higher Skills Partnership Initiative will allow the three institutions to develop a partnership that will improve the training and assessment services provided to employers and agencies in Mahoning County.
"This grant is really about economic development and bringing resources to industry in our area," said Roan Craig, MCCTC superintendent. "The amount of the grant isn't that much, but the link that we create by working together is what's really valuable. There's so much we can do when we work together."
Sandra Stephan, former executive director of the YSU Metropolitan College, agreed.
"We think it's a big step and an important one," Stephan said. "It's important because instead of seeming to be competing against each other, we'll be working together."
About the grant
The grant is an initiative of Gov. Bob Taft's Workforce Policy Board and is a way to promote the formation of partnerships among the state's Adult Workforce Education Centers, such as Choffin and MCCTC, and EnterpriseOhio Network campuses, such as YSU.
The goal is to coordinate the various programs that each institution offers in order to provide fast, flexible and total training and assessment to employers and employees.
Stephan said the grant represents the first formal effort for YSU, Choffin and MCCTC to work together. The institutions will review and evaluate current services, delete those that are no longer viable, eliminate duplication and decide what new services and programs should be developed.
The three schools also plan to work together to assess the needs of employers in Mahoning County so they can equip workers with the types of skills necessary to be successful in the workplace.